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Dead Kennedys, Reagan Youth and Burning Streets @ The TLA.

June 23, 2014

DeadKennedys_1Text by Gabi Chepurny. Images by Jesse Marass.

People with Mohawks, studded-denim vests and Doc Marten’s congregated on South Street last Wednesday to see legendary punks Dead Kennedys.

Boston natives Burning Streets opened the night with accents and a glittering drum kit. Bassist Jewlz rocked a “Keep Calm and Eat Shit” T-shirt. While we weren’t necessarily surprised we were still please with his wardrobe choice.

Reagan Youth, which has gone through more than a few lineup changes since its inception in 1980, brought their “Anarchy + Peace & Unity” ethos to the Theatre of Living Arts, while pint-sized frontman Trey Oswald commanded the audience’s attention from the stage and in the pit.

Bassist and South Philly resident Tibbie X yelled, “I live right down the street so I’m sure you’ve seen me walking around here. Let’s hang out!”

Headliners Dead Kennedys came out to a roaring applause before assaulting the crowd with their own brand of political punk rock. While lead singer Skip McSkipster told the crowd that he was their enemy and that their free downloads of DK music has caused ticket prices to rise, fans continued to dance and mosh happily.

“No matter what city I go to, no matter what organizations some of you donate to,” McSkipster said, “it always seems what ends up being the most important thing are the words coming out of my mouth. It’s uncanny… and kinda sick.”

One Comment
  1. Anonymous permalink
    June 25, 2014 10:02 am

    yer sister never called me pint sized haha. no one uses my name in press thank you and up the city of brother and sisterhood

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